What does it mean to be made aware? Really aware of something?
Okay, so you know about something. Someone made you aware either by telling you, you read about it, or you saw something about it. Perhaps someone shared their knowlege with you. Or they wrote about it or made a movie or documentary about it. Somehow, some way, some where, you found out about Parkinson’s disease. Or Alzheimers. Or the Little Mermaid. Or haircuts, first kisses, Barbies, or flip-flops.
You became watchful about whatever became interesting or important to you. Where once you never noticed, it now seemed like information or interest was booming. Like getting a new car. While you’re looking for a specific model, it seems you now notice that once elusive care everywhere. And yet, it’s always been there. You just never really noticed. Your conscious has a new target. You are awakened to something that had once been unnoticed. You’re on the watch.
Sometimes, though, we do know but we just don’t want to notice. If we don’t notice, we won’t have to do anything. We won’t have to deal with it. Things like go to the doctor. Or getting a haircut. Replacing a dripping faucet. Making a life-changing decision.
Choosing to be aware is choosing to make a difference and if you choose to make a difference, you’ll have to do something. This is true in everything. Politics, church, health, etc.
In terms of Parkinson’s disease, if you’re wanting to make a difference, start getting involved now. There are several avenues:
- clinical trials for patients and non-patients; not all are invasive and many are just observing
- support groups for patients and caregivers – don’t just be an observer – lead!
- social get-togethers
- exercise groups
- write an article for a newspaper/magazine
- join a network
- ask a local/state/national organization what you specifcally might be able to do
- become a dedicated advocate locally
- join a fund-raiser or start your own
Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been declared to you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? Isaiah 40:21,22
There was a cross. Someone stepped up onto that cross so you didn’t have to because all that stuff you’ve done wrong? All those times you said something hurtful? Someone had to suffer the consequences and so someone did. But, maybe you weren’t aware of that. Maybe you didn’t want to be.
Maybe you think what’s done is past. And it is. But maybe only to you. Maybe the person you betrayed still bleeds. Maybe the lie you told still lingers. Maybe the guilt you feel has dissipated but the repercussions from the act that caused your guilt have caused resentment, retaliation, remorse.
There was a cross where now a door now stands and someone is standing just on the other side, knocking. Are you aware? Have you heard it? Do you not know who is standing there? Do you not understand?
If you are aware, you must make a choice and whatever choice you make, will make a difference.
You can choose to open that door and accept the good news that no matter what you’ve done has been paid for because of the One who will be standing, who is waiting on the other side. The One who will walk with you into, through, and out of any valley you ever have or will have to face. Maybe it’s Parkinson’s disease. Maybe it’s grieving over a lost loved one. An affair. A divorce. Unemployment. Loss of medical benefits. The list could go on. And on. And on. And it does. And sometimes we think we can handle it and soemtimes we know we can’t.
And so we try to run and the door flies open at our request and there He is. And we have a choice to make.
And it will make a difference.
We can push Him aside, spit on the cross and deny our need for Him. Or, we can embrace Him, see that He’s who He said He was (and still is), be forgiven and set free and find that which we’ve been missing.
Either way, there will be a difference.
Which will you choose? Live in chains? or be set free?
Happy Easter. He is risen. Indeed.